Andrea NDPee $100 to Buy Your Vote

Did you get one of these, with a promise of a $100 hydro rebate?  From Andrea and the NDPee hypocrites?  They are going to clean up Hydro, reduce costs and eliminate debt (and still keep the Greed Energy programme).  She is going to cap executive pay (at its current inflated numbers, no doubt). And she will stop subsidizing hydro sales to other jurisdictions (but doesn’t say how she’s going to convince any buyers to pay the inflated costs of Greed-produced power).

She will stop “private power deals” (what are they?)  And of course she will solve the gas plant fiddle… but not clean up hydro’s bloated bureaucracies.  

The wrath of Horwath?  And the NDPee that never answers or acknowledges emails sent to them by constituents but is pleased to send out their crap.  Damn! there is no link or button to click where you can send her a rude reply… pity!


Thank you for adding your voice to the debate.

Today I announced our plan to cut hydro waste and pass the savings on to you with a $100 rebate.

I will:
Stop the $1 billion annual subsidy of electricity exports to jurisdictions like New York and Michigan by taking Ontario hydro sales out of the hands of speculative energy traders
Cap executive pay and cut down on waste and duplication by merging Ontario’s hydro agencies
Stop new private power deals and review of all current private power contracts in the wake of the $1-billion gas plant scandal

These are practical and achievable steps that cut the waste and put money back in your wallet.

Now we need your help to get Kathleen Wynne and Tim Hudak to listen.  Share. Tweet. Talk to your neighbours.  And encourage them to add their voice.


Andrea Horwath
Leader, Ontario NDP
Copyright © 2014 Ontario NDP, All rights reserved.
Thank you for adding your voice to the online petition. We want to keep you informed and updated on the campaign to save on hydro.
Our mailing address is:
Ontario NDP
101 Richmond Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1N9

Add us to your address book

Follow Andrea on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Ontario New Democrats on Facebook and Twitter.
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences | view email in browser


No Fit After FIT?

Plans to build wind farms in England and Scotland are being scrapped in the first sign that the Government’s proposed cut to subsidies is taking effect

That’s the headline in the UK Telegraph newspaper (Ref. from NA-PAW):

Developers are abandoning plans for new wind farms in Britain because they are “no longer financially viable”.
The decision to scrap the wind farms is the first evidence that the spread of turbines across the country is being halted. It follows a radical overhaul by the Government of the consumer subsidy, worth more than £1 billion a year to wind farm owners.

Will Ontario get the message?  The PC Opposition in the province has promised to ditch the Feed-in Tariff programme “that allows homeowners, business owners and private developers to generate renewable energy and sell it to the province at a guaranteed price for a fixed contract term”.  The unpublished addendum to that gov’t blurb is, and pays them NOT to generate power. BUT, let’s hope the promise of no fit for FIT will not mean the same in Ontario as it does in UK:

Wind farms facing the axe are likely to be ones completed after 2017 when owners will be forced to bid for subsidy from a limited pot of money. The successful bids will win subsidies at reduced rates.

Let’s hope Tim is not so dim as to fall for this work-around.

Will They Cause Harm?

That’s the issue for the Tribunal hearing the appeal on the two turbines in limbo in Wainfleet.  Whether or not they can be built depends on the Tribunal’s assessment of likely harm.

Not building them, says counsel representing the developer, would be tantamount to expropriation of property, as reported by Greg Furminger in the Welland Tribune. The same lawyer also said, any risk to skydivers would be “abnormal,” basing his statement on appellant testimony that at times referred to turbines being a navigation risk subsequent to a parachute failure.

The Test is, on the balance of probabilities, what is the likelihood of an accident? There is also a test used by the ERT: the mandate to push through applications for turbine development.

The Appellant’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie, outlined the risks to skydivers and stated that to rule against the Appeal would be to take “a gamble” on doing harm. “Rarely killing somebody … doesn’t come close to being acceptable for a project like this,” Gillespie said.

The time of the ruling on the Appeal is still up in the air.

Turbine Facts

Wind is Waning… “Clean Green” or expensive Con game paid for by, U?

More Protest Info

Feb. 24 Protest at QP: Transportation info GREY COUNTY (submitted by LPCGillis):

On FEB 24 will let ALL politicians at Queens Park know that WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY and that existing and proposed industrial wind turbines have to be dealt with and will AGAIN be a major election issue.

Mothers Against Turbines is putting the challenge out there to show MPPS and Toronto that the years of abuse of provincial power has to stop!

Let’s rise to the occasion and send a very clear message to MPPS that industrial wind turbines cannot continue to desecrate our health, homes and communities.

Bring your signs!  Bring your noisemakers!  Bring your megaphones!

Plans are for a few speakers and a march to the Royal York/Fairmount Hotel to OGRA – Ontario Good Roads Association, handing out information along our way.  March will be for 30 – 40 minutes in length. Municipal and provincial elected reps will be at OGRA to see that this issue is not going away simply because the current govt. chooses to ignore it!

For that day, I am arranging for a coach bus to leave Chatsworth at approx. 8:00am with stops in Markdale, Flesherton, Dundalk, Shelburne and Orangeville.  We will leave Toronto at 3:00pm. Cost of $35.00 per person covers bus and simple lunch, lunch to be supplied for the ride home.

Pick up:

Chatsworth Arena: 8:00

Markdale, across from Foodland: 8:25

Flesherton, across from Munshaw’s: 8:35

Dundalk, Esso Station: 8:50

Shelburne, No Frills Parking Lot: 9:10

Orangeville, in FRONT of Walmart: 9:40

Let’s fill this and any other bus anyone takes the care and time to arrange to help you get to this event!!

All actions count and the timing for this one will get a message to all running in the upcoming election. Let’s wake ‘em up on Feb. 24th!

ERT Rejects Charter Appeal

The Charter of Rights carries no weight with Environmental Review Tribunals. An appeal (OWR) based on those Rights was rejected on the grounds there was no evidence of harm to the health of the Appellants or to anyone’s health (TorStar) because of Wind Turbines.  The Appellants were expecting rejection because in their opinion (and the opinion of many) the ERT’s are set up for the public to lose.
The ERT ruled that “There is no reliable evidence to demonstrate that the project will cause serious physical or any other serious harm”, despite the testimony of numerous witnesses living close to the turbines who suffered health problems.
The ERT avails itself in almost every case of this reasoning to reject appeals because  the ERT, of course, rules on the admissibility of such evidence, rejecting the evidence of private citizens, while accepting evidence provided by wind proponents opposing the appeals. It’s a rigged card game, a Wynne-lose set-up.
Of course, the Appellants in this Huron County case will be going to the courts for a fairer hearing, and, it is hoped, a just one.

Tell Andrea Horwath Where to Get Off!

Here’s the chance to tell the NDP what you think of its job of keeping Wynne-lose in power!  With a straight face and a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth smile, Andrea Horwath is appealing to Ontarians to get angry about high Hydro rates, as if we haven’t been screaming about them for more than a year.

Quixote’s Last Stand says, Go ahead. Tell them what you think by providing a link to an NDPee petition page on the issue of Hydro Rates and power sell-offs. Don’t be fooled by the smiling face that says, “It’s because of people like you that we are making a difference in Ontario.” Oh, really? Hadn’t noticed anything except your continuing support for the perpetrating Government!

Here’s the link: Save On Hydro. Yes, that’s the title, and here’s the sub-title:
Say yes to making electricity more affordable for families and businesses. Tell Andrea Horwath what you really think!  Go ahead, make her day.

A Question of When (will someone hit the “fan”)

“A popular Canadian skydiving company, which sees up to 10,000 skydivers a year, is trying to reverse a plan to install two wind turbines near its site for fear it will put the lives of parachutists at serious risk.
After appealing the project to the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal, Skydive Burnaby, located near Niagara Falls, built its case against Wainfleet Wind Energy’s proposal.
The Environmental Review Tribunal currently has hearings underway on the matter. A decision is expected this spring.”
, video report by Sun News (also blogged at OWR).

In Germany, one skydiver life has already been lost by hitting a turbine 4km from take off. In Wainfleet, the Turbines are going up 2km away from Burnaby Skydive Club. Divers have landed in the field right where one of the turbines is now being built. So, it’s not a question of will the divers hit the IWT’s but WHEN. An Appeal Tribunal ruling has stopped construction on 2 turbines for the time being; a decision is expected in spring.

The Turbine developer has launched another lawsuit against the Town of Wainfleet because its Council passed a motion to provide the Appelants in the skydive appeal with a grant of $40,000 to help with legal costs.

The Town Council based its decision, 4 to 1, on the need to protect health and safety of residents and also to help preserve Wainfleet’s economic base. Needless to say, the decision has residents divided on the issue, ostensibly on the issue of a grant to a private business but in fact in support of wind turbine development in the Township and in opposition to the current Council (some former Council members ousted in the last election were in attendance at the regular meeting of Council Jan.14).

The BS Keeps Piling Up…

AND UP!  One of the Plaintiffs in the 2nd lawsuit (same as in the first) against Wainfleet Township is protesting the Town’s grant of dollars to assist a private business in its fight against Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc. , which came as no surprise to the Mayor, after the appeal succeeded in obtaining a temporary stop-work order on construction of one turbine.

Besides being one of the developers who are working to build the wind turbine project, wind turbine developer Tom Rankin said he’s also a Wainfleet property-owner who’s concerned about how his tax contributions are being used. “We just think it’s wrong to start subsidizing a small sector of the economy. We just think it’s wrong,” he said. “I’d like to think I’m representing taxpayers that are pretty upset about that whole shenanigan of giving someone $40,000 to fight an appeal. That’s my take on it. I’m a taxpayer out there myself. I own property there, and some of our employees own property there and I’ve talked to a number of other people and they’re pretty upset.”, reported by OWR and first by Welland Tribune and St. Catharine’s Standard.

Rankin and company just recently ended his cozy joint venture setup with the Niagara Regional Government:
It was announced Friday the region is taking steps to dissolve a partnership formed with Rankin Construction Inc. back in 2001 that led to the creation of the Wind Energy Niagara Corporation in 2006.
The conflict of interest should have been obvious from the beginning. The motive for dissolution can be glimpsed in these words:
“It’s the right decision and the right time to dissolve this partnership with the Region,” Tom Rankin, chief executive officer of Rankin Construction Inc.

The right time, indeed!

The disingenuous hyporcrisy of Rankin and company makes the gorge rise.  Now Mr. Rankin is “playing” the injured Wainfleet resident because the Town Council stepped in to help its own fight against wind turbine development with a grant of aid.  The Town was an appellant in the matter but withdrew in order to assist the two main private appellants.  In so doing, the Town was indirectly pursuing its own appeal against the development and acting to protect part of the Township’s economic base (the appellants’ business will be destroyed by IWT development).

And there is a potential for lawsuits growing because IWT construction will affect many residents who are opposed to it in light of a possible devaluation of the their properties (it’s already happened on Wolfe Island which is covered with IWT’s).  This fact of potential suits and devaluation was pointed out by Alderman Betty Konc:
Konc said she conservatively estimates that there are about 800 properties on the lakeshore who will be affected by the turbines.
If the value of those properties is reassessed and reduced by MPAC, “the township is going to suffer a $500,000 a year deficit in our tax base from the lakeshore for 20 years,” she said. “That’s $500,000 a year for 20 years.”
(St.CatharinesStandard above).

There is something rank in the Niagara Region, and it smells of more than BS and hypocrisy.

Mayor Jeffs Not Surprised

But she wasn’t expecting yet another lawsuit from Wainfleet Wind Energy Inc.(OWR).

“The lawsuit, which has yet to come to court, claims the funds are a form of bonusing to Skydive Burnaby. A court document said council does not have the power to grant the funds to a private business under a Section 106 of the Municipal Act.
That section says no municipality shall assist directly or indirectly any business through the granting of bonuses, which includes giving or lending any property of the municipality, including money. “The provision of $40,000 from the Township to Skydive Burnaby Ltd. is an obvious financial benefit,” the court said, adding it is in clear contravention of the municipal act.”
Erie Media

So, the cause of action is the Town had no legal jurisdiction in the matter because its action amounted to a bonus to a private entity, but this is confusing: “The provision of $40,000 from the Township to Skydive Burnaby Ltd. is an obvious financial benefit,” the court said, adding it is in clear contravention of the municipal act.” If the suit is not yet in court, how can the court have pronounced upon it? Maybe documents filed in court by the plaintiff said that?

In any case, did the Town Council offer a “bonus” to a private group, or did it act in defence of part of its economic base about to be ruined by turbine construction? Or was it acting in the interests of the Town as an Unwilling Host to Turbine development, consistent with its attempt to enforce a Setback By-law for turbines? Or both?

On the surface, court challenge appears to be part of a fight against the Town and the wishes of the majority of citizens; underneath, it could just be, vendetta.